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Synthesizing Coupled-String Musical Instruments with a Mulit-Channel Recurrent Network

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Struck string instruments such as pianos usually have groups of strings terminated at some common bridges, respectively. Because of the strong coupling phenomenon, the produced tones exhibit highly complex amplitude modulation patterns. Therefore, it is difficult to determine the synthesis model parameters such that the synthesized tones can match the recorded tones. In this paper, a multi-channel recurrent network is proposed based on three previous works: the coupled-string model, the commuted piano synthesis method and the IIR synthesis method. This work attempts to automatically extract the synthesis parameters by using a neural-network training algorithm without the knowledge of physical properties of the instruments. Encouraging results are shown in the computer simulations.

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